“Independence Charter School West (ICS West) is a community-based public charter school of academic excellence, located in Southwest Philadelphia and serving a diverse community of learners. ICS-West provides an intellectually-stimulating curriculum with a global focus designed to develop independent, thoughtful global citizens. We emphasize second language acquisition and integrate arts, ideas, and histories from around the world.”

  • K-5

    Grades Served

  • January 27, 2020

    Application Deadline

  • Citywide

    Enrollment Type

Academic Highlights

ICS-West is a partial immersion or dual language program, meaning that part of each student’s weekly schedule will be in Spanish and part will be in English.

Art and Music
All students receive on-going/weekly instruction in visual art as well as music.

Physical Education/Nutrition
All students receive physical education, health and nutrition classes.

Responsive Classroom
Teaching philosophy focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning, and prioritizes students’ sense of belonging and well-being.

Course Offerings

Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Student Leadership With Playworks

Extracurricular Activities

21st Century Afterschool Program, Playworks, Vetri


  • Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE)
    Developed annually by the Charter Schools Office (CSO) for all Philadelphia brick-and-mortar charter schools (except those up for renewal), these reports provide information on three main areas of charter school performance: academic success, organizational compliance and viability, and financial health and sustainability.
    2019 | 2017
  • Notices
    Notices of Deficiency are issued to schools regarding significant instances of non-compliance or poor performance that may affect student well-being or access. Notices of Deficiency clarify actions schools must take in order to resolve the deficiency.
    2017: Resolved
  • Annual Independent Financial Audits
    Financial audits are produced annually by independent auditors for all charter schools in Pennsylvania. All charter schools are required to have an independent financial audit completed every year.
    2018 | 2017
  • School Performance Profile (SPP)
    Developed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these reports provide an overview of student academic performance in every Pennsylvania public school, including traditional District schools, charter schools, cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers. 
  • School Progress Report (SPR)
    Developed annually by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) for all traditional District and charter schools in the city, these reports provide information on schools’ achievement, progress, climate, and, for high schools, college and career readiness.


  • 2016

    Initial Charter

  • 2019

    Renewal Recommended